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Long story but due to a rare medical issue I ended up with debt and sold condo I had for 7 years. Last summer I lived out of vehicle since I live in an area as well as a climate that allowed to me to do so. I still felt that I had a lot compare to people in other parts of the world. I definitely have had my moments and have been hurt by the church that sometimes I find some non-Christians to be more kind and loving than Christians. Anyways this past winter I had someone comment if I was living indoors with a roof over my head. My comment was I always had a roof over my head but it just happen to be a moving vehicle. I don’t know if they were amused with my comment but it’s all a matter of perspective. Somehow I think Rich would get a kick out of that comment. There appear to be very few people in the world that are real and genuine.
When God called me, he called me to live a life experiencing how much he loved me. I did. I was overwhelmed and overflowed with the Holy Spirit. Many thought I was crazy. Called into full time ministry, or so I thought, I increasingly have been discouraged by a performance culture in the church. Where are the hearts that truly would do anything to be in His presence? Church culture was something I was able to perform well at but I knew that is not grace. Sent to revitalize and help revision a different tomorrow, I always have left with an emptiness inside for what really could be. My heart aches because I know through the silence with God how abundant life really is, it is the fullness of life. Nothing else matters really. Still I long to be in communion with others in community defined by this. Rich has been a signmarker that this community and communion IS the only thing that matters.
Thank you for all you do to help others. I am just beginning to learn about Kid Brothers of St. Frank although I remember hearing about the group years ago, shortly after Rich died. I didn’t even really “discover” Rich’s music until he died, and that is so like me: a day late and a dollar short. I’m so glad that God can use people who don’t have it all together.
The words Rich wrote have had a profound effect on me, and they continue to do so the more songs I find, listen to, and read. This is why I am writing to you. There are no books with Rich’s lyrics. I mean, there are no books that have all the lyrics. Is it possible that one will be published? I think it would be perfect for reading as a devotional, poetry, or any time that someone is alone with God. I would certainly buy one, in fact, I would most likely buy more than one to give as gifts. His words help me grow.
I just found the book “Home” and bought a used copy. I didn’t know about this website (KBoSF) until I bought the book. I am beginning to pray about the things I read here and my involvement with KBoSF.
I can’t believe it has been 17 years since Rich died. It still seems like yesterday when I listen to his music or read the things he wrote.
I am so grateful that you and so many others allow the Lord to work through you. I hope He is using me to in some way.
God bless you all and keep you always.
If you guys haven’t seen the Ragamuffin movie yet, please check it out.
I just wanted to share with you how your brother Rich has touched me in such profound ways recently. God brought his music and life story back into my life this past spring by listening to a Third Day cd in my car wherein they mention “the late great Rich Mullins”. I listened to his music back in the 90′s but forgot all about him and his music until this recent incident. Since the late 90′s I’ve lived life, been broken like so many of us have and his message of God’s love has encouraged me so much. My sister had just watched the Ragamuffin movie and told me about it. Rich even appeared in my dream this past summer where I reached out to shake his hand and he pulled me towards him and said “I like you, don’t feel rejected anymore, God loves you so much and I’m here to show and tell you that.”
So, Rich is still alive and well and ministering God’s love from the other side. Wow, what a great God we have and what miraculous ways He will deliver His message of love through the small details of our lives. I wish I had known Rich as there were so many similarities between us after seeing the movie and reading An Arrow Pointing to Heaven.
My heart so wanted to share that with you, thank you for reading!.
So he came to you too………………He came to me this spring, and just smiled, cause he knew I knew who he was! He has a beautiful smile doesn’t he!
That is cool, I don’t even know you yet we both share a similar experience, thanks for sharing! Have you heard of Henri Nouwen? He is another deceased saint who encourages me through his writings and a recent devotional I read of his said this:
“Belonging to the communion of saints means being connected with all people transformed by the Spirit of Jesus. This connections is deep and intimate. Those who have lived as brothers and sisters of Jesus continue to live within us, even though they have died, just as Jesus continues to live within us, even though he has died. We live our lives in memory of Jesus and the saints, and this memory is a real presence. Jesus and his saints are part of our most intimate and spiritual knowledge of God. They inspire us, guide us, encourage us, and give us hope. They are the source of our constant transformation. Yes, we carry them in our bodies and thus keep t hem alive for all with whom we live and work.”
I love that as I was encouraged and given hope by the message God gave me delivered by Rich. Sounds like you were too!
I was 14 when a ragamuffin band came out, you we’re a really good example for me. i’m 36 today and its been 22 years iv’e had friendship with you. I’m just so lucky to count you as a friend, your music is timeless and i listen to it pretty much everyday. you are missed dear friend.
I’m a younger brother too to a well liked brother. Strange as it may sound, I don’t recall anything about your brother over the past forty years (sounds like a long time, huh). In mid summer of last year (2017), I picked up the Ragamuffin video at my video store and decided to watch it. As I watched the movie, I was amazed that I never knew anything about Rich (unless my old brain is getting mushy and I just can’t recall, lol, although it does seem like he may have been at my previous church once [Dayton, OH] back in the mid 1980s, where I was a soundman). It blew me away to find out that your brother was the author of Amy Grant’s mega hit “Sing Your Praise to the Lord.” As I watched, I found that the beloved “Awesome God” also was breathed to life by the tender and worshipful heart of your brother. After watching Ragamuffin, I looked on YouTube for any videos of Rich’s songs (you can’t really call them songs, they’re far more than that, they’re alive, as alive as the psalms of the Bible). I was amazed at what all I had missed. I heard a couple new songs (new to me) on his CD this weekend that are so cool, “Calling Out Your Name” and “My One Thing.”
There’s a lot of great talent in the church today, who have produced some truly wonderful works, but Rich’s works proceeded from a source deeper than just talent, they were the work of a heart of love for God, His Word, and His ways, that’s why they endure, and are so cherished.
And David, I can tell by your own video on YouTube that your brother was a big influence in your life. You even talk like him in his jovial way. But you have an awesome ministry of your own, and your exhortation of making an “impact” by being there for people certainly made an impact on me. That one short speech has the stuff that many preachers wish that they can convey to their congregations every Sunday. It’s the kind of “stuff” that hits home because it’s real.
There are no graves to visit in heaven, just the living people. There’s so many more there than here, and Rich is making his impact on all he encounters, as they do to him as well. Funny as it may seem, while we are preparing to go there, they are preparing to come back here. Although we may desire to go out like Elijah, if we do, soon we will come back with all the rest in the same blazing fashion. Wow! Until then, we have our cherished memories and our blessed hope.
Keep smiling like your brother,
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Hello, David. Rich was the first contemporary Christian artist I got into in college. I admired his free spirit and openness. I was stationed in Japan a couple of years later when I learned of his passing. His music and videos still get me emotional. They are lasting gifts. One thing for sure which brings me comfort is knowing that one day I will sit on God’s porch with him, barefoot of course, and have a good chat. Thank you for continuing on Rich’s work. It would really mean a lot to me to hear back from you, if you have a moment.
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